Windows 10 Testers Aren’t Opting For Virtual Machines

Windows 10 Testers Aren’t Opting For Virtual Machines

One of the more popular ways to test beta operating systems is to run them as a virtual machine, meaning that you’re not putting your main system at risk. With the Windows 10 Technical Preview, it seems not too many people are doing that.

In a blog post about the preview program, operating systems group VP Joe Belfiore notes that while 1 million people have registered to test Windows 10, only 36 per cent appear to be running it as a virtual machine.

Belfiore says that’s a good thing, since it means that users are more likely to be spending time running Windows 10 rather than merely testing it for a few minutes. That seems like something of an oversimplification: people who install Windows 10 on a spare older machine won’t necessarily be more engaged. It’s also probable that more VM tests will begin as the product matures: while Windows 10 can certainly be run as a virtualised environment, that’s likely to be a buggier experience in the short term.


  • 36%? That’s more than one in three, that seems like a good chunk of people are opting for virtual machines

  • I’m in the 36%.. runs fine in a VM. I’m limited by ram though on my work machine – 1.5gb for the VM caps my machine out at 96% with everything else i need open but the win10 vm doesn’t do too badly.

  • I’ve never had major problems with the Technical Previews, so I just straight up opted to wipe my computer and go to Windows 10 on my Home/Tablet computers. Work remains 8.1 though, with 10 running as a VM.

  • Seems like an odd statement. I’m running it in a Parallels VM on a Macbook Air. Runs very well, so far.

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